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Trouble With the
by Tony Medley
OK for children.
watch and read Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz
even though they stray far from reality. So who cares if this is closer
to a fairytale than real life?
We get to see
superstar Academy award winner Clint Eastwood (Gus), as a septuagenarian
baseball scout and absentee father and Oscar®-nominated Amy Adams (Gus's
daughter, Mickey, an attorney named after Mickey Mantle, Gus's favorite
player) play off one another for almost 2 hours. With both at the top of
their games, who could ask for more?
Adding to the
fun is singer/actor Justin Timberlake (Johnny) who adds this as another
good acting credit with an appealing performance as a washed up former
ballplayer turned scout who falls for Mickey, and with whom he has a
prickly, tenuous relationship.
Gus is losing his eyesight.
Mickey feels ignored and unloved. When Gus is sent to North Carolina to
scout a promising, arrogant high school superstar, Bo Gentry
(effectively played by Joe Massingill), Mickey takes time out from her
job to help Gus out. But Gus doesn't think he needs any help.
What results is
a fine tale of relationships. Elevating the quality of the film are fine
supporting performances by John Goodman, who plays the chief of scouts
for Gus's employer, the Atlanta Braves, Matthew Lillard, who plays
Phillip, a Machiavellian ambitious scout out to torpedo Gus, and Robert
Patrick, who plays Vince, the apparent owner of the Braves. Lillard, in
particular, does a fine job as the hateful Phillip.
There's not much
actual baseball action in this film, but what there is is relatively
realistic. This is not a baseball movie and one need know nothing about
the game to appreciate it. In fact, the denouement is really something
that could only come from a Hollywood screenwriter's brain. But, as I
said at the start, who cares? This movie has wonderful performances, a
sweet, syrupy story, and a rewarding ending. What more do you want from